The purpose of this Study is to come out with a comparison of Sheet Metal Specialist Training (SMST) graduates from the different Approved Training Organizations (ATO) in Manila in terms of the skills they acquired from the SMSTs and their performance level/rating. Therefore vis-à-vis the requirements and qualifications standards set by the various Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) stations in Manila, by gathering information through survey. Two (2) sets of questionnaires were handed out to forty (40) participants comprised of the first batch (2019) of graduates of the Wide-Aero School of Aviation (WASA) and the Flight School International (FSI). WASA and FSI are among the ATOs in Manila that are duly certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Philippines Civil Aviation Regulation (PCAR). The participants are the target respondents to this study because of the location of the ATOs that they trained. Among the information required for this Study, are the qualification standards and the performance rating/assessment of the survey-participants/personnel at the entry-level airframe mechanic positions. The survey questionnaires for the ATO-graduates is a self-rating type and was devised using the skills test standards of CAAP found in Advisory Circular (AC) 02-18. The said Skills Test Standards enumerates the subject areas covered by an airframe mechanics, the description of performance levels 1, 2 and 3, and the tasks involved which are the basis by which performance level are assessed. In general, this enabled the researcher to gather performance level rating of the participants from ATOs and their demographic profile. The survey questionnaire for the major MROs was also designed using the AC 02-18 standards, which aimed at gathering the required demographic profile and the performance rating of an entry-level airframe mechanic in each of the subject areas as rated by the authorized personnel, the Human Resource officials or the maintenance manager, whoever is applicable. The data gathered from ATOs were analyzed through Mann-Whitney, and the results/findings thereof are compared with the data gathered and analyzed from the MROs. The comparative results from there were then used as a basis for the way forward-recommendations that ATOs may undertake to improve/enhance the qualification standards and the quality of training for the entry- level airframe mechanic in MROs in Manila.
Aircraft Maintenance, Airframe Specialist, Aviation Education
James Espiritu Deato "Comparative Study on Airframe Specialist graduates of Approved Training Organizations" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 7 Issue 3 2023 Page 9-15
James Espiritu Deato "Comparative Study on Airframe Specialist graduates of Approved Training Organizations" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 7(3)